the First match in a month ended in favor of the hosts with the score 66:63, but in the second, held on 12 March on the Bank of Volga “Samara” took a convincing revenge – 86:69 and the sum of two meetings has won the trophy.
by the Way, the format in which took place the final stage of the Cup, has fully justified itself. Before the winner was determined in the Final four, a tournament on the site of one of the clubs. This year it was decided to hold the final two matches and the series for the third place. In the end, all teams got the opportunity to play in front of their stands. For a provincial town, the arrival of a large basketball in General has become a Grand celebration, and Samara “MTL arena”, where there was a return match, was filled to capacity.
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did the whole tournament. The format of the shootout and paragraph in the regulations that allow the participation of only players with a Russian passport, added a Cup of unpredictability. That only is the fact that the clubs of the Unified League, “Parma” and “Nizhny Novgorod”, were eliminated at the 1/4 final stage. And they lost to finalists, “Samara” and the team from Revda, respectively. This, incidentally, shows, and a decent level of the Cup.
Oh and one more important detail, emphasizing the status of the tournament: finals can be seen on TV “Match! Country,” and satellite channel “World of basketball” created with the support of the Russian basketball Federation.
– the Cup of Russia was and remains an important competition for our basketball, – stated the President of the League, Andrei Kirilenko. – Russian players due to the rules of the tournament get much needed experience. For them it is a great opportunity to show themselves. I think I appreciate the Cup and the fans – so many interesting, unpredictable matches! Including in the finals of the team from Samara and the city showed a good basketball level.